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Carlos Olmeda and Toca Rivera | MUSIC AT THE CENTER
Sunday, July 20th at 6:30pm PST
Online sale ends: 07/20/14 at 5:30pm PST
Esplanade Arts Center
2181 W. Esplanade Ave.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
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Carlos Olmeda is a San Diego legend. His singer/songwriter style spans genres and his live performances are electrifying. Carlos teams up with his long time friend and bandmate, Toca Rivera. Noel "Toca" Rivera (AKA "TocaRivera.com/.org") is the vocutionist (a percussionist who also sings) for singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Jason Mraz.

Carlos hails proudly from the acoustic singer songwriter school of performance. The big difference between Carlos' songwriting and performance styles and that of so many others is that Carlos' music transports you to a wide spectrum of emotional and cultural destinations. It is almost inevitable that after his show, a fan will approach Carlos and say with genuine enthusiasm, "Wow! That was definitely not what I was expecting. How is it that you can change gears so effortlessly throughout your show?" He's quick to point out that Tricultural Pop is all about changing gears and realigning perspectives.

"My mother was always putting on this old scratchy LP called 'Music From Around The Globe' and I would sit mesmerized at how beautifully diverse each song sounded. I believe that being born in Puerto Rico in 1960 spared me from the dreary fate of becoming a genre purist. It all boils down to one thing, will the song I'm playing for you at this very moment in time, move you?"

On any given night, fans can hear at least four different songwriting styles in at least two languages performed with heartfelt passion as well as sense of humor. Carlos has the innate ability to make each fan feel as if the song was written for and sung directly to them. After the first two or three songs you begin to feel as though Carlos is in your living room. It feels like home!

"My job, and I love my job, is to entertain you. My dream, and I live my dream, is to jumpstart your imagination." 

Toca Rivera was once the king of a small tribal island, to which he is still the heir, but was soon overthrown for playing with drums more than dealing with more important matters, such as defending the village he ruled from invaders.

Toca is an inspiration. He is a lover.  Everyone loves Toca and for a good reason, he is a beautiful man and he is so awesome it hurts.

Once the Invaders kicked him off the throne, he made a makeshift raft and floated from the middle of the Atlantic ocean, all the way to Florida, where he worked as a homeless window cleaner. Once he obtained enough funds, he got his first tattoo, a small butterfly on the small of his back, which was taken off.

He met Mraz at a charity event to support the homeless. Having purchased a small drum after amassing money from methods that have not been revealed yet, he couldn't help but play along with some of the music that was playing. Mraz, impressed by the man's clear amount of talent, decided to play along with his guitar, and the audience seemed to love the show.

Ever since, the two have been inseparable for every show....

They even got matching bear tattoos. 

Music At The Center is a fundraiser for The DVAC and its programs.  Guests receive two glasses of wine (or other beverage), appetizer, access to the current gallery exhibition as well as the concert.  Doors open at 6:00 pm with the concert beginning at 6:30 pm. Log onto www.thedvac.org for more information.
Items Not Allowed
Please no outside food or beverages. No Flash photography.

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6:30pm to 9:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

All Ages

Esplanade Arts Center<br> 2181 W. Esplanade Ave.<br> San Jacinto, 92583



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